Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility by Lisa Jean Moore, Monica J. Casper (Paperback, 2009)
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- DescriptionWe kw more about the physical body-how it begins, how it responds to illness, even how it decomposes-than ever before. Yet t all bodies are created equal, some bodies clearly count more than others, and some bodies are t recognized at all. In Missing Bodies, Monica J. Casper and Lisa Jean Moore explore the surveillance, manipulations, erasures, and visibility of the body in the twenty-first century. The authors examine bodies, both actual and symbolic, in a variety of arenas: porgraphy, fashion, sports, medicine, photography, cinema, sex work, labor, migration, medical tourism, and war. This new politicsof visibility can lead to the overexposure of some bodies-Lance Armstrong, Jessica Lynch-and to the near invisibility of others-dead Iraqi civilians, illegal immigrants, the victims of HIV/AIDS and natural disasters. Missing Bodies presents a call for a new, engaged way of seeing and recovering bodies in a world that routinely, often strategically,obscures or erases them. It poses difficult, even startling questions: Why did it take so long for the United States media to begin telling stories about the falling bodies of 9/11? Why has the United States government refused to allow photographs or filming of flag-draped coffins carrying the bodies of soldiers who are dying in Iraq? Why are the bodies of girls and women so relentlessly sexualized? By examining the cultural politics at work in such disappearances and inclusions of the physical body the authors show how the social, medical and ecomic consequences of visibility can reward or undermine privilege in society.
- Author BiographyMonica J. Casper is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the School of Sociology and the Africana Studies Program at the University of Arizona. Her publications include Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility. Lisa Jean Moore is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Coordinator of Gender Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. She is author of Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man's Most Precious Fluid and co-author of Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility and Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee. She is also co-editor of the collection The Body Reader and, with Monica Casper, oversees the series Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the Twenty-First Century for NYU Press.
- Author(s)Lisa Jean Moore,Monica J. Casper
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication01/07/2009
- SubjectPopular Culture & Media: General Interest
- Series TitleBiopolitics
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight318 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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